Erykah Badu’s “Next Lifetime:” Fusing Tradition with Futurism
“Now what am I supposed to do
When I want you in my world
But how can I want you for myself
When I’m already someone’s girl?
I guess I’ll see you next lifetime.”
Times & Places of “Next Lifetime”
1) Motherland, 1637 A.D.
A traditional West African village. Erykah Badu sings about a man that “makes her feel like a little bitty girl” even though she is married to someone else.
2) The Movement: 1968
While wearing a traditional-looking head wrap, Erykah Badu is seen on a modern street setting. She runs into a man on the street passing out fliers (literature) and repeats the mostly the same verses.
3) Power Meeting, December 1968
Erykah Badu stands out from the crowd not just because she’s one of the few women around men, but because while everyone else is wearing hats and white collared shirts, her outfit still resembles traditional clothing. A brick comes through a window of a house occupied by her and other African Americans.
4) Motherland 3037 A.D.
An “Ancient Choosing Ceremony.” Style is mixed with contemporary (raincoats, silver make up) and the traditional (face paint, head wraps, long colorful dresses). It’s like a space-aged African village.
Erykah Badu merges African American histories from Africa to the Civil Rights Movement and uses them to imagine a unique future: one that blends West Africans traditions with an entirely new futuristic society.
And she travels from West Africa to the United States and then back to Africa—perhaps referencing Marcus Garvey and the Back-to-Africa movement. But just maybe.
Wes Anderson (via Movies In Color)
Black Girl In Suburbia (documentary trailer)
Black Girl In Suburbia is a feature documentary that looks into the experiences of Black girls growing up in predominately white communities. This is a different look into suburbia from the perspective of women of color. This film explores through professional and personal interviews the conflict and issues Black girls have relating to both white and Black communities.
Black Girl In Suburbia intends to spark an open dialogue about race, identity, and perspective among all people, in hopes that these discussions will allow us to reconsider perceptions of ourselves, others and the communities in which we live and share.
Release date 2014
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